Festival dates: Dec 19-25, 2020

Festival People

Festival People

Behind the Scenes The Festival Founders

The Advisory Board

Virendra Saini

National Award winning cinematographer. Did camerawork for Mani Kaul, Sai Paranjpye, Kundan Shah, Vinod Chopra, and Bhimsain. Best known for his cinematography in Saeed Akhtar Mirza’s Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989).

CK Muralidharan

Cinematographer of Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), Johnny Gaddaar (2007), 3 Idiots (2009), and PK (2014)

Amole Gupte

Former chairperson of the Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI). Writer/creative director of Taare Zameen Par (2007). Director of Stanley Ka Dabba (2011).

Tigmanshu Dhulia

National-Award winning director of Paan Singh Tomar. Casting director of Bandit Queen. Dialogue writer of Dil Se.. Actor, best known for his role as Ramadhir Singh in Gangs of Wasseypur.

Kamaljeet Negi

Cinematographer of Vicky Donor (2012), Piku (2015), and Jolly LLB 2 (2017).

Sriram Raghavan

Director of Ek Hasina Thi (2004), Johnny Gaddaar (2007), and Badlapur (2015).

Amit Khanna

Triple National-Award-winning film lyricist-producer. Named by ‘Time’, ‘Newsweek’, ‘Hollywood Reporter’, & ‘Variety’ as one of the global leaders of TV and film. Credited with coining the term “Bollywood”.

Christopher Dalton

Film critic /essayist. Artistic Director, Chalachitram National Film Festival. CEO, House of Illusions. Founder, Cinema Society of India. Editor-publisher, Cinematic Illusions. Editor, Journal of Indian Cinema.

Film Critics Circle of India — jury 2019

Gautam Kaul

Former DGP of the Indo-Tibetan border. Co-founder, Lucknow Film Society. Former president, Federation of Film Societies of India. National Film Award winning journalist.

Deepa Gahlot

National Award winning film critic. Theatre critic. Former editor, NFDC & WICA journals. Former programming head, NCPA. Author of biographies of Shammi Kapoor & Shah Rukh Khan.

Parthajit Baruah

Teacher. Recipient, Prag Channel – Film Critic Award. Author, ‘Face-to-Face: The Cinema of Adoor Goplakrishnan’, published by Harper Collins, & now being translated into French.

Jury 2020

Surendar Chawdhary

Surendar Chawdhary is a former professor of film direction at FTII - Pune.

Monita Borgohain

Monita Borgohain is the festival director of the Guwahati International Film Festival; director of the Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and Television Institute; secretary of the Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio, Govt. of Assam; and joint secretary to the Govt. of Assam, cultural affairs dept.

Sudhir Tandon

Sudhir Tandon is a PSBT mentor/evaluator, founder executive director [prog] of Lok Sabha TV, former ADG of Doordarshan, and president of Osian’s Connoisseurs of Art, & Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian & Arab Cinema. He is the recipient of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s Miller Award.

Film Critics Circle of India — jury 2018

Deepa Gahlot

National Award winning film critic. Theatre critic. Former editor of NFDC and WICA journals. Former programming head of NCPA. Author of biographies of Shammi Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan.

Utpal Datta

National Award winning film critic. Recipient of RAPA Award. Author. Served on the Assam State Film Jury. Festival director of Guwahati Film Festival. Deputy-director of AIR Guwahati.

Ratnottama Sengupta

National Award winning film critic. Festival curator/consultant. Director of docu on legendary writer Nabendu Ghosh (her father) & filmmaker Bimal Roy. Author of biography of Suchitra Sen.

FTII dignitaries at Kautik 2018

Bhupendra Kaintola

Current Director of FTII. Kaintola is an IIS officer who over the years held the posts of Director of PIB, the Indian Panorama, the National Film Awards, & DAVP; & Additional Director General, Doordarshan (News).


Subhamoy Sengupta

Course director. Sengupta (FTII—direction batch of 1996) assisted director Sanjay Leela Bhansali in 'Khamoshi’ and ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, directed innumerous single-episode crime thrillers for Star and Zee, and is the co-owner of the production house ‘Nitric Films’.

Bela Negi

Course director. Negi (FTII—Film Editing batch of 1997) assisted film editor Renu Saluja on four Hindi films, is the writer-director-editor of ‘Daayen Ya Baayen, and the co-owner of the production house ‘Nitric Films’.



Kautik Organisers

  • People in the pic

    Festival director "Kaku" Rajesh Shah, artistic director Shalini Shah, FTII director Bhupendra Kaintola, last year's student organisers, and a few theatre personalities.

  • Student Organisers

    Aarul Mathew, Aayushi Sawarn, Ramendra Singh, Bharat Parihar, Manoj Kumar Chauniyal, Mohit Mishra, Aditi Khurana, Anant Neer Sharma, Kovid Bhatt, Kalyani Kandpal, Shivangi Sah, Rupali, Prashant Tiwari, Sumit Diwakar, Ravi Sheel, Shailaja Vachani, Deepak Tamta, Gaurav Tiwari, Shrikrishna Pandey, & Anantneer Sharma

  • Volunteers

    Mukund...

  • Official Photographers

    “Tony” Manoj Lal Sah, Manoj Kumar Chauniyal, Aayushi Sawarn, Aditi Khurana, Deepak Tamta, & Simrat Khurana

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